With the Dota 2 Pro Circuit’s first League Season only a week away, teams in CIS were fighting in the region’s decider tournament, which would place teams in either the upper or lower division of the League.
While the Southeast Asia and China closed qualifiers for the DPC League Season 1 have come to an end, the first two teams from the CIS region would claim their spots in the upper division. Team Empire and NoPangolier were the first two teams in the fight, with Empire sporting a roster with two new members and a relatively unknown team compared to their opponents. However, after taking down HellRaisers in their opening series, it was clear that the players were ready to stamp their mark on the DPC. Giving NoPangolier no chance to do anything over the series, which lasted only two games, Empire dominated and secured a relatively easy 2-0 victory.
With that, Empire were the first team from the CIS region to qualify to the upper division of the DPC League Season 1, joining the likes of Virtus.pro, Natus Vincere, Team Spirit and Live to Win. For NoPangolier, they were not sent to the lower division just yet as they would have another shot at reaching the upper division when they face Winstrike Team tomorrow.
In the second qualifier series, we would see the new roster of Danil “Dendi” Ishutin in action, sporting three players from Brazil alongside himself and Enis “5up” Elfki. Having struggled to find form with any players since formation, B8 were hoping to finally make an iteration work, especially after a solid victory over Gambit Esports – but that was not to be the case. Going up against the newly formed NoTechies roster which included the likes of Alexey “Solo” Berezin and Vladyslav “Crystallize” Krystanek, B8 were unable to find any footing. While game one seemed a bit better before they were rolled over, game two saw them being stomped into the lower bracket.
For NoTechies, the 2-0 victory would see them cruise into the upper division of the DPC League, while B8 will still get another shot at reaching the upper division when they face off against EXTREMUM tomorrow.
As the decider tournaments and closed qualifiers come to an end over the next 24 hours for all regions, we will soon be set for the main attractions of the DPC 2021 season as the League kicks off on January 18th. Check back tomorrow to see if Dendi can pull his roster together to reach the upper division or if lower division action will be the result for the famed TI winner.
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